Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Transistors - Riot Squad



  Another snappy English punk single from the early 80's today, this time from Croydon band The Transistors.

  Forming in 1979, the line up was Paul Easley (vocals), Keith White (guitar), Roy Tuppen (bass) and Steve Easley (drums). Tuppen died following a motorbike accident and was replaced on bass by Dave Cumming. They released a couple of 7"'s. on their own Open Circuit Records, the first was from 1981 and featured Riot Squad/636 Stop 63636 Stop 63636 Stop/Sniffing Glue. Four years later the line up had changed but they were back with a follow up featuring the songs Mothers Pride/Change Your Ways/Batman.

  From the debut single, this is Riot Squad......


Sick and tired of getting pushed around
The time has come for us to stand our ground
The government blame's it on our unemployment
But we're today's generation and we know what we want

Riot squad
We are the riot squad
We are the riot squad
We are the riot squad
Can't you see it's a political putdown

We're all together and we're gonna fight
For what we believe in, what we think is right
You've had your warning now don't get in our way
You'll finish your job then you're gonna pay

Riot squad
We are the riot squad
We are the riot squad
We are the riot squad
Stop telling us what we're going to do

There's police lights flashing right in front of my eyes
Sirens wailing, ringing through the night
The crowd is gathered and the atmosphere's tight
Cos we're going on a rampage and we're going tonight

Riot squad
We are the riot squad
We are the riot squad
We are the riot squad
I'm Alright and I ain't going nowhere



3 comments:

  1. I was Paul's girlfriend at the time and helped with writing Riot Squad. Was a bit pissed off when I got no credit!
    I don't remember Roy dying. My memory of the change to Dave playing bass was that they didn't think Roy really fit the band. Dave's mum and dad paid for the single to be made and 1000 copies were pressed. I remember traipsing around the record shops seeing if any would be willing to stock it.

    We had some fun times. Sunday mornings were spent (usually nursing a hangover!) at the rehearsal studios in Streatham, until the area where the studio was, was redeveloped.
    The gigs were fun, but the guys were lucky to make enough for a couple of beers each, after paying for the hire of a van and PA system.

    Sadly, Dave died a few years ago. Keith was at Dave's funeral, but Paul and Steve were absent. The last time I spoke to Paul was about 14 years ago when he was planning on moving to (I think) Greece.

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  2. thanks for the comment Jools. it's always great when someone can add something to my pretty basic intros.

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  3. You're welcome. Thought you might like to hear from someone who was there at the time. :)

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